Wetland Science News

Dead zones decline in Chesapeake bay

By Meghan Russell – Southern Maryland News – December 14, 2011

Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts appear to be working, according to a study released recently analyzing 60 years of water quality data. The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, found that statewide measures to reduce the flow of fertilizers, animal waste and other bay watershed pollutants have worked to reduce the size of mid- to late-summer oxygen-starved “dead zones,” areas where plants and water animals cannot live, in deep channels of the bay. These dead zones have been on the decline since the 1980s, when the state and federal government started the Chesapeake Bay Program, aimed at cutting nutrient pollution and restoring water quality and the health of the bay. For full story, click here.